Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dogs and Texts

oh dear family!
     i'm just in a really good mood right now.  your emails were great this week.  jaynanne thanks for the pictures.  ha ha i crack my self up.  we look so funny.  i can't believe my hair was so long.  awesome.  where did you get those?  yeah spencer send me an email.  i want to know how the date was!  do you have any pictures.  what was her name?  send me a seperate email, ya know a private line.  byu LOST!!!!  ha ha ha oh man i am so happy.  when i heard that news i honestly couldn't believe it.  the score was way too lopsided.  i really wish people here cared so that i could rub it in someone's face.  it's so awesome.  them and their stupid theme.  i think i officially want to go there next year. 
     well it was another great week up here in butterworth.  i've only got a few things to report on.  basically it was just your average week of monotonous work.  i do have a few stories from knocking though. 
Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia
     i might have told you already but last week we knocked a pretty big house.  they had some awesome dogs.  the dogs in malaysia are all terribly dirty and grimy.  these guys had nice golden retrievers.  so they asked us if we wanted to see all of their dogs.  i guess that got us in the door.  there was like 5 chinese kids there.  the 20 year old boy dillon and 16 year old girl christine lived there and the rest were the friends.  they were pretty interested in talking to us.  and of course they wanted a picture with us.  they always do.  well a few days later one of the girls sms'd us and so we asked her if she read the pamphlet and stuff and went to the website.  she actually had and she said she chatted with some members online.  sweet.  hopefully they go somewhere.
     another day i was sitting at my desk.  the last missionary had a bunch of quotes and pictures up on the wall.  i cleaned up and threw most of them away.  i took one  picture down and a small scrap of paper with a name and number fell down.  we thought sweet so we called the number and it was still good and eventually we set up an appointment with her.  we went to their house last week and had a good chat with them.  it is a husband and wife and two small children.  about 7 months ago the missionaries knocked on their door and then never really followed up with them.  they were really nice buddhists.  so that was sweet.  hopefully they go somewhere.  that was a sweet small miracle. 
     sometimes, but very rarely, the mission office will send us a referral from the calling center back in utah.  in singapore we got a bunch.  a few days ago the office elders called us and told us that some lady requested a book of mormon.  sweet.  so we wrote down her name address and number.  that's all we had to go off of.  her name was christine and she lived out where we'd been planning on going so that is cool.  we went out to find the house but it was definitely the wrong address.  ha ha we knocked the gate of some chinese lady multiple times.  she was ticked.  she just kept waving her hand saying "don't want don't want".  all we wanted to do was talk to her and find the address.  ha ha so frustrating.  so we tried to ask the neighbor.  the neighbor house was a day care.  as soon as we knocked on their gate about 12 kids ran to the door and all started talking.  we asked for their teacher, who we could see, but she would not come to the door.  she was a malay lady.  we said we just need help finding an address.  then i heard her say in malay "they are lying,  don't listen to them.  i've been sitting here for several days and have seen them walking around.  they don't want an address. tell them you don't know"  then all of the kids turned to us and said "we don't know" in unision.  ha ha it was comical.  we tried to reason with them and told them we weren't lying but to no avail.  so we were just dissappointed that we wouldn't be able to find this referral.  that is when kelley remembered that there was a number, he never told me previously.  so we called the number and a confused girl answered.  i only heard this half of the conversation but there was definite confusion.  so they hung up she she sent an sms.  as we were reading it somehow it all clicked together.  i saw the number and realized that it was the same christine that we contacted earlier in the week with the dogs!  she must have gone online and then requested a book of mormon.  ha ha we just both cracked up laughing.  it all made sense.  so we told her that we had the book and we set up an appointment.  we still haven't met her but we will soon.  ha ha i hope you followed all of that, it was funny. 
Cooking Fried Rice
     we have a sweet investigator named cindy.  the branch president has a food delivery business so he delivers food daily to the nearby condo's.  basically he knows a lot of people and somehow his family became friends with cindy.  she is from ipoh.  she is 22 and a student at the big dental college here.  she's been to a lot of family home evenings and parties and only recently we've had any lessons with her.  our last two lessons were really good.  she had a list of questions on her mind.  the list was like  why did you serve a mission,  have you gained anything,  how long have you been in the church, is there any difference,  is your family really close, would you ever change religions, have you changed, how do you know who the prophet is, and many more i can't think of.  so we've had some good discussions.  she's our best investigator.  we learned that while in india she went to a crazy carismatic church in some basement and it kind of scarred her.  we told her our church isn't like that and she seemed relieved.  she prays and is way smart and is really open so i hope she finds the truth.  she gave us some ear candles last week.  we tried them out.  ha ha i burned myself.  i'll send you a picture.  she also really wants us to experience malaysia and she wants to learn about the u.s.  when we try to dumb stuff down so she will understand it she stops us and tells us to just explain it normal.  ha ha that's not typical of a malaysian.  anyways she's cool.

High Fashion for Pday

Trying out an Indian Ear Candle

     elder dass is in penang and really doesn't want lazy p-days so he's dragging us along.  that's fine with me.  last week we went to the state museum and today we went to a thai buddhist temple and a burmese buddhist temple.  they were sweet.  also he's on a huge mcdonalds craze so we had that for lunch.  it was great.  he's a cool elder i'm happy he's up here.  transfers are next week.  parrish goes home so there'll be a new ap.  i don't think anything will happen to our zone.  friday we get to go to ipoh to do a baptism interview.  should be fun. 

mom tell the relief society sisters that muslims are awesome.  seriously it is a pretty good religion,  if you follow it down to the core.  it is really family oriented.  the only flaw with it is a malaysian law that says if you join you're in for life.  but the people have awesome traditions and are all so friendly.  we contacted  nice muslim man and wife last week.  we usually skip the muslim houses because it is illegal to preach to them but their house wasn't marked.  we talked for like 20 min and he gave us drinks and biscuits.  we're hopefully going out there for dinner soon.  to say muslims are scary is just narrow minded.  anyways pass the message.
     i love you all.  hope you have a good week.  mom did i suck my thumb as a baby.  you must answer this question.  also you never sent me the recipes!  i need saurkraut, hot fudge, and waffles!  don't forget or the johnsons will kill me.  ok have a good week.  say hi to eveybody!
elder petersen 

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